Today we unveil our latest update to TeamRank, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide, and we release the latest standings for U16, U17 and U18 Girls. Next week, we will update the younger age groups on the Boys side. We will update our National Top 25 of each age group at least once per month.
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McLean Youth Soccer climbs from #19 all the way to #11 this month after taking over first place in the ECNL Midatlantic Conference and earning a sixth seed in the upcoming ECNL playoffs. McLean’s Mia Hoen-Beck added six goals to her ECNL tally in the month of May, including the game-winner against OP Eagles on May 12 to secure her team’s standing.
The OC is the home of more than a few soccer powerhouses on the girls’ side, with #1 So Cal Blues at the helm, but not far behind and climbing fast is Slammers FC, which moves from #20 to #14 this month. Slammers have proven they can compete with any team in the country, tying So Cal Blues in league play on May 11, and beating #5 Colorado Rush at the PDA Showcase on a goal from IMG Academy 150 #27 Natalie Jacobs.
The accolades keep stacking up for Southern California’s Beach FC, which climbs from #14 to #11 this month. After winning the spring season of the Far West Regional League in April and qualifying for the Far West Regionals in Hawaii, Beach FC continued its US Youth Soccer domination of California by securing the CalSouth National Cup title, defeating Legends FC by a 2-1 margin.
Debuting at #24 in the TeamRank Top 25 this month is Carmel United ECNL. With a 7-1-1 record in the month of May, the Indianapolis-area team packed a lot of games into a short period, but fared well with the busy schedule, finishing the ECNL regular season second in the ECNL MidAtlantic Conference, its sole loss during that time coming at the hands of #25 Connecticut FC.
OP Eagles knocked CASL off its perch this month. On a 9-0 run since narrowly losing to Freestate SA on April 20th, OP Eagles takes over the #1 spot in the TeamRank Top 25 and the top seed for the ECNL National Finals. Chris King’s squad will have to earn at least a draw with conference #2 Carmel United in its last match of the regular season in order to retain that #1 seed for the postseason.
Climbing from #8 to #5 this month is TSC Hurricane. Aided by IMG Academy 150 players #14 Kristen Killion and #27 Elizabeth Keester, who have 47 goals and 24 assists between them, the team from Oklahoma has a perfect non-conference record and has earned the second overall seed for the National Finals in Colorado later this month.
Next Thursday: U13, U14, and U15 Boys
TeamRank is the comprehensive team-ranking system devised by TopDrawerSoccer.com to provide an objective and common-sense approach to determining which elite youth soccer teams are the best in the nation.
The rankings, updated monthly, are primarily results-based, with a nod toward the league and championship competitions that emulate how excellence is determined in leading soccer nations around the world.
Tournaments are also included but at a reduced value due to the many mitigating factors involving such events, including attrition and guest players.
A final layer of executive evaluation is provided to account for variables that often impact results, thus ensuring that the monthly lists are not subjective, but are not purely mechanical.